Dec. 6, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
With the indoor season officially underway, the University of Wyoming track and field team has 13 team titles to their resume this season after the Wyoming Open Power Meet on Saturday in the War Memorial Fieldhouse.
Senior Jake Shanklin highlighted the very impressive first day as he picked up just where he left off from a year ago. Shanklin finished the 2007 indoor season at the NCAA Championships where he earned All-America honors with his 11th-place finish in the 35lb-weight throw. On Saturday he provisionally qualified for the NCAA's again with his 69-foot 11-inch toss in the weight throw.
His counterpart, sophomore Amanda Aimone also won the 20lb-weight throw for the Cowgirls and entered the top-ten all-time in Wyoming history with her throw of 60' 1/2".
"This was huge for Jake to get right back on the horse and qualify for the NCAAs in the first meet of the year," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "Overall I was very happy with the way we competed today, if we can continue to progress with our young talent we will be very good."
Along with Aimone, leading the talent was freshman Stephen Michel a Laramie native, who took the title in the triple jump (49' 6.5") and in the 55-meter dash (6.37). Michel also finished second in the long jump behind sophomore Jeremiah James who moved into fifth all-time in UW history with his long jump of 24' 7". Michel wrote his name in the record books as well with the tenth best long jump (24' 3/4") and his triple jump on Saturday.
For the Cowgirls, junior Johnna Jeffries (high jump), freshman Alisha Reaser (pole vault), junior Jennifer Schmitz (55-meter hurdles), freshman Chantel Bernabo (200-meter) and junior Andrea Frary (400-meter) all walked away with the titles in their respective events.
"This was a great experience for our young kids to see what a college meet is like and learn how to prepare themselves for their events," said Yentes.
Up next for the Cowboys and Cowgirls will be the Big 12/MWC Challenge held in Lincoln, Neb., on the 24th of January.